As far as real-life stories go, the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has some of the most uncanny casting we’ve ever seen. And of course it helps that the movie’s quintet includes the son of one of the iconic rappers they play.
“I was sitting in the kitchen watching Sports Center and he comes in and tells me he wants me to play him in a movie,” O’Shea Jackson Jr. told us about the moment his father, O’Shea Jackson (a.k.a. Ice Cube), first approached him about making his acting debut. “He got me a coach and for about two years I was working on the role…. I’ve heard these stories my whole life, so to reenact them — it’s pretty surreal.” (Watch our interview with the cast above.) HustleTV
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Yahoo Movies was on the film’s Santa Monica set last fall to meet the five young stars playing the founding members of the seminal gangsta rap group whose hard-edged lyrics confronted police brutality and other social issues. In addition to Jackson Jr., the drama features Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop) as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell (Contraband) as Eazy-E, Neil Brown Jr. (Fast & Furious) as DJ Yella, and Aldis Hodge (A Good Day to Die Hard) as MC Ren.
The young cast members posed with the four surviving members of N.W.A. (Eazy-E died of AIDS in 1995) on the day we hit the set, so you can get a full view of the striking resemblances:
“I was an N.W.A. fan, and it’s crazy because my great-grandmother was talking about it, and she’s 96-years old,” said Hawkins. “I don’t know if she’s a fan, but she definitely remembered the music and how much it meant to the culture at the time.”
Straight Outta Compton opens in theaters on Aug. 14. Watch Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson Jr. talk about keeping it in the family: HustleTV